Oliver Blunt is the Joint Head of Furnival Chambers, a leading criminal set with over 90 members.
He was called to the Bar in 1974 and took silk in 1994. He served as a Recorder of the Crown Court, principally sitting at the Old Bailey between 1991 and 2006. He has repeatedly been ranked over the years in the top category of Leading Silks in Crime in all established legal directories.
Oliver’s criminal practice is entirely defence based, specialising in murder, terrorism, fraud, corruption and drugs cases.
He has been instructed in over a hundred murder trials, ranging from street gang killings to contract killings/assassinations. As a consequence he has represented some of the U.K’s most notorious criminals including both serial killers and serial rapists.
His involvement over the years in terrorist cases has included I.R.A, Iranian, the London Tube Bombings and more recently ISIS related cases.
He has considerable experience in the litigation of high profile, multi-million pound drug importation and distribution conspiracies. Oliver has been instructed on behalf of organised crime families based variously in London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Liverpool.
He has been involved in an infinite variety of fraud cases, ranging from mortgage, insurance, shipping, tax and electoral fraud to money laundering investigation. One case of particular note involved the defrauding of highly placed members of Goldman Sachs.
In the last two to three years Oliver has been principally involved in the Operation Elveden enquiry investigating the corruption of public officials. He was instructed on behalf of five editors and journalists from News International. All five after investigations and trial were cleared of all wrongdoing.
Throughout his criminal law career Oliver has appeared in some of the most celebrated criminal trials e.g. The Millennium Dome Robbery.
With regard to regulatory interests he has been instructed by the British Boxing Board of Control to conduct various Appeals on their behalf.
Successfully represented News International’s Graham Dudman (Managing Editor) and Brandon Malinsky (Night Editor) in two separate Operation Elveden trials involving the Sun Newspaper. Also instructed on behalf of three other editors/journalists whose cases were discontinued by the Prosecution prior to the trial. Twice instructed on behalf of the British Boxing Board of Control in two appeals (Couch and Chisora). Murder and Violent Crime: Has conducted a series of gang related murders at the Central Criminal Court. Appeared for the lead appellant in R v Lewis Johnson and Others (seminal post-Jogee hearing before the Court of Appeal, comprising the LCJ, President and Vice President of the QBD, 2016), R v Yunis (gang-related conspiracy to murder, drive by shooting) Secured the acquittal of the principal defendant in R v Kessey and Others (CCC, Nov 2015). Previously conducted R v. Amoah and others (CCC, 2011, only murder/manslaughter acquittal in the first Victoria tube station murder trial), R v Peter Brown (Nottingham CC, 2010, double murder), R v Peter Tobin (Chelmsford CC, 2009, convicted serial killer), R v Ian Davis (CCC, 2009, double murder trial), R v Khan (CCC, 2010, arson related double murder) and R v Imran Hussain (CCC, 2010, Tooting double murder). Has also represented such clients as William Cockram (the Millennium Dome Robbery trial), Patrick Smith (Murder 2001-2, CCC), John Taft (the beauty in the bath’ murder trial, Liverpool CC, 1999), Syd Owen (‘Ricky’ of Eastenders, wounding, Snaresbrook CC, 1995), Michael Sams (kidnapping, blackmail, murder, Nottingham CC, 1993). Fraud: Recently appeared in R v Colwell and Sayers (Newcastle CC, 2009, multi-million pound mortgage and tax fraud). Has also represented William Casey, acquitted in a multi-million pound arson/insurance fraud (CCC, 1997), Kounnou, a £200 million shipping fraud (CCC, 2003), Devi Schahou in the Goldman Sachs trial (Southwark, 2004), and Dorian Morris, principal defendant in multi-million pound money laundering trial, acquitted (Kingston CC 2005). Sexual Crime: Including high profile cases such as Richard Baker (DJ rapist, CCC, 1999) Drugs:Successfully defended the principal defendant in Mohanjit Bhatia and Others in a multi-million pound drugs conspiracy (Kingston Crown Court 2014). Also appeared in R v. Cornick and others (Liverpool CC, 2010) conspiracy to import cocaine and cannabis, R v Faponnle and others (Blackfriars CC, 2010, heroin distribution), and R v Goren and others (CCC, 2008, Turkish heroin importation). Represented such clients as Paul Wyatt (Bolton CC, 2002-3), and R v Hillier and others (£150 million cocaine importation 1993). Terrorism: Instructed in Ul-Haq and Others, an ISIS related trial (CCC 2016). Has acted on behalf of the Iranian Embassy and represented two members of the Consular Staff in separate terrorist trials at the CCC (Tabari Abcou/Fouladi). Appeared for the second defendant in R v Canning and Lamb (IRA trial, CCC, 1993), and in R v Shariff (21/7 trials, Kingston CC, 2007).